Atlantic Hockey Picks Oct. 5-10

And we’re underway with the first picks of the season!

This year Chris Lerch has joined up with Dan Rubin to provide USCHO’s Atlantic Hockey coverage. They’ll both be picking games each week.

Last Week:
Dan: 0-0
Chris 0-0

On the season:
Dan 0-0
Chris 0-0

This week’s picks:
Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th
Clarkson at Niagara
Dan: Last year, this would’ve been a case for good team meets bad team.  If we’re looking at preseason prognostications, there shouldn’t be much difference.  With respect to Aerosmith, I can’t see a reason why the Niagara train can’t keep a-rollin’ all weekend long up in Potsdam.  Niagara 3, Clarkson 1; Niagara 3, Clarkson 2
Chris: Niagara took three of four points against Clarkson last season, but things could be different this time around as the Purple Eagles will be breaking in a pair of rookie goaltenders. I’m thinking split. Niagara 3, Clarkson 2; Clarkson 4, Niagara 2.

Thursday, October 10
Colgate at RIT
Dan: I legitimately had no idea how I was going to pick this game, so I boiled it down to the fact that I think Colgate’s defense is better than RIT’s offense to start the year.  The Tigers really struggled with non-conference games last year.  Colgate 5, RIT 3
Chris: Colgate as gotten the better of the Tigers in eight of nine meetings between the two schools including a 6-3 victory last season. I don’t think that changes despite this being the first time the Raiders have played at Frank Ritter Arena. Colgate 3, RIT 1.

15 COMMENTS

  1. Paula: Not nitpicking your facts, but Michigan has won the GLI 15 times. Berenson coached teams have won 13 of them. This is four years out of the last five. 

    Thanks for the coverage, though. Much appreciated.

  2. Paula: Not nitpicking your facts, but Michigan has won the GLI 15 times. Berenson coached teams have won 13 of them. This is four years out of the last five. 

    Thanks for the coverage, though. Much appreciated.

  3. The lack of TV timeouts in overtime has worked against Michigan in the past too, notably in last year’s national championship game, when they got caught on a long shift after an icing.

  4. The lack of TV timeouts in overtime has worked against Michigan in the past too, notably in last year’s national championship game, when they got caught on a long shift after an icing.

  5. Hockey East is a better league than the ECAC. I do not mean any disrespect to the ECAC I think the ECAC is also a good league but Hockey East is a better league. Hockey East teams get to the Frozen Four year after year generally. Last season Union was the first ECAC team to get to the Frozen Four since 2003.

  6. There is no doubt that Hockey East has a substantially better record in the playoffs. However, that record is not reflected in the regular season in most years with the most recent example being that ECAC has had a better record than hockey east at this point of the season, 2 of the last 3 years.

  7. After CC shut out my Goph’s last night..? I got to admit that I didn’t get upset. We already have a 1 seed. I’m tired of hearing from the HE and ECAC how weak the WCHA is. With this being the last season of WCHA, the more the merrier. Should be a great game!

  8. Tyler said: “It’s been a nice playoff run for … the Badgers, but it comes to an end tonight.”
    Couldn’t agree more…Go Tigers!

    • I actually sympathize for Wisconsin. They have battled injuries and scrutiny all year, and now they are playing for a championship in convincing fashion. Hats off to their club.

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